Family Reeling From Loss Of Man Found Dead In Creek In Midwest City


Wednesday, July 21st 2021, 6:49 pm
By: Brittany Toolis


OKLAHOMA CITY -

A group of fishermen found Tracy Lesley's body in his overturned Jeep this weekend, days after his family last heard from him.

His daughter said, they knew something was wrong on Friday morning when he didn't text them his location.

Lesley's family noticed he went missing Friday morning when they realized no one had heard from him since Thursday, and he didn't show up for work. 

His daughter, Lashabra Plunkett said she'll never forget the phone call she got from her aunt Sunday night.

"You need to get to grandma's house. I said 'What's going on? They found him?' She said just get to grandma's house."

Plunkett learned fishermen found her dad’s jeep upside down in Midwest City's Crutcho Creek.

"I didn't know what to think. I didn't know what to believe. It was just like I kind of blacked out for a second and I started crying and the first thing that came to my mind was, he's not here," Plunkett said.

She said she had a bad feeling days before when she woke up Friday morning. 

The family filed two missing person reports for her dad.

"I knew something was wrong. I said ‘mama something doesn't feel right. You know daddy, he hasn't text me all morning,’" Plunkett said. "We talked every day. We talked every day, and I knew that Friday whenever I didn't get that message or call in the morning, I knew something was wrong."

The creek the fishermen found Tracy is in between his and his mom's house. 

Investigators told Plunkett her dad drove no faster than about 50 mph and was found with his seatbelt still on and hands on the wheel. 

Police told the family he could have had a heart attack or stroke, but they won't know for sure until the medical examiner finishes their report.

"[He went] just up and hit the curb, went up on the side where he was bouncing up and down in the Jeep, never once tried to hit the brakes," Plunkett said. "So, the first thing in my mind was that he was unconscious so hopefully he didn't feel any pain." 

Lesley had four biological children, but Plunkett said he loved all kids and was extremely close with her 4-year-old son. 

Since Tracy spent days in the creek, Plunkett said she doesn't know if she, or her siblings will be able to see their dad again

"I can't say goodbye, I can't give him one more kiss on the forehead, I can't do that. So, saying goodbye, I don't think I'll ever be able to," she said.

Tracy's family is having a balloon release at the Crutcho Creek in his memory. 

Plunkett said since he passed suddenly, the family does not have funds set aside for his funeral services. A GoFundMe account has been set up to help the family.